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Vikings' defense loses P. Williams for 2-6 weeks with fractured shoulder

Updated: December 16, 2008, 9:22 AM ET
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- If the Minnesota Vikings are going to continue their late-season surge into the playoffs, they will have to do it without star defensive tackle Pat Williams.

Williams will miss anywhere from two to six weeks with a fractured shoulder, leaving the Vikings (9-5) without their best run stopper as they prepare to face the two best rushing teams in the league with a playoff berth hanging in the balance.

"He's a different kind of cat and a tough one at that," ...

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